Answer Me This
What effect is swine flu having on New Mexico sports? What delayed a Rail Runner train? Why were people at a Gallup flea market arrested? And big news in Nambé Pueblo.
Desert Rock Gasps for Breath
The feds motion to yank the permit for a disputed power plant
Sarah Jane White lives in a log house on open rangeland a little ways south of Farmington. The house is small, 48 years old and was inherited by White when her mother died.
Tune in to Albuquerque
Creative work in Albuquerque continues to bloom, but its fruits aren't always seen.
That's the hypothesis of Steve Ranieri, director of public access Channel 27. "There's not the resources and promotion for all these talented people around here," he says. "They don't have the venues to get their work out there, whether it's music or performing arts or paintings or authors."
Along with a crowd of eager arts cultivators, Ranieri is hoisting a flag in TV land, hoping to draw attention to the garden of work that can be found in the city. Tuesday, May 5, marked the launch of Channel 26, an outlet that he says "can really be a big boost to the arts scene and all the talented people in town."
One Flu Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Have you had enough of the swine flu pandemonium yet?
You can't turn on a TV, power up your computer or open a newspaper without seeing a flurry of flu fanaticism.
There are plenty of reasons not to panic just yet about the dangers of this captivating disease. There are signs the flu (the H1-N1 strain, to be exact) may be tapering off, according to an Associated Press report on Saturday, May 2. Mexican health officials say they’ve contained the swine flu epidemic. They add that very few family members of infected people caught the disease. That means this breed of influenza may not be hyper-contagious.
A stern City Council clipped its way through the Monday, May 4 meeting. After clearing up routine matters, the Council, minus Sally Mayer, approved hiring an outside attorney to go head-to-head with Mayor Martin Chavez. At issue: the capital budget bill. The Council says its version is valid. The mayor says it isn’t.
Odds & Ends
Dateline: Serbia—A union official said he cut off his own finger and ate it to show how desperate he and other workers are over wages that have gone unpaid for years. “We, the workers, have nothing to eat. We had to seek some sort of alternative food and I gave them an example,” Reuters news service quoted Zoran Bulatovic as saying. The Raska Holding textile factory union leader used a hacksaw to chop the little finger off his left hand last week in the town of Novi Pazar in southwest Serbia. “It hurt like hell,” said Bulatovic. Bulatovic said the worker’s demands will not stop, but that further self-mutilations will be postponed until expected talks with government officials.
It's been awhile since I picked up an Alibi. I recently needed to visit a public restroom and an Alibi was handy—apparently for more than just reading. I guess I missed a letter from that crazy guy "The Don" [Re: Letters, “The Don’s Raw Food Manifesto,” April 23-29] I thought he was dead or something. I realized why I hadn't picked [up] an Alibi; You're still printing the same tired crap and sickening preachy letters from that insane and worn-out meathead. Really. There are a lot of nuts in this town. Can't you give them a chance and retire Meathead? And, ¡Ask a Mexican!? Give me a break. I can't wait to visit another public restroom to see how you have progressed.